Google+ The Daily Jewel: 11/4/12 - 11/11/12


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Edward DeCristofaro to Chair MJSA Board of Directors

MJSA Elects Edward DeCristofaro to Chair Board of Directors
Three new directors also join the board

MJSA, the association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has elected Edward N. DeCristofaro, president of LDC Inc. in Providence, as chair of the association’s board of directors. Ann Arnold, vice president of Lieberfarb in Rahway, New Jersey, and Darrell Warren, vice president at Stuller Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana, are the new vice chairs of the board. Michael Toback, president of Myron Toback Inc., becomes treasurer, while Stuart Lee continues as secretary. The new MJSA Foundation chair is Dave Meleski, president of the Richline Group Inc.; the former Foundation chair, Richard V. Powers, becomes an officer at large.

Joining the MJSA board of directors are Molly Bell, director of The Bell Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Steven A. Cipolla, president of National Chain Group in Warwick, Rhode Island; and Joseph Esposito, managing director of LeachGarner in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Re-elected for a three-year term is James A. Troiano, a Cranston, Rhode Island, industry consultant.

DeCristofaro has a history of service to industry organizations. He is president of the Providence Jewelers Club, serves on the board of the Jewelers Board of Trade, and is a member of the Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York and the Boston Jewelers Club. An early entrant to the jewelry industry, DeCristofaro joined his father’s then-new company at the age of 17. He took over the company’s operations, and in 2003 he became full owner. LDC today is a full-service jewelry manufacturer specializing in sterling silver, gold-filled, and fashion jewelry. During his time at the company, DeCristofaro has built many of LDC's machines and tools, developing proprietary technology.

“I am honored to take on the chair of the MJSA board, as the association celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2013,” says DeCristofaro. “Our industry is going through a period of extraordinary change, which has provided new and different opportunities for jewelry makers, designers, and their suppliers. MJSA works every day, via education, networking, and trade events, to help our members identify those opportunities. I will do everything in my power to increase MJSA’s engagement with its members, so we can better understand what they need to succeed—and be profitable—in this new environment.

“One of my goals, amid high precious metals prices, is to support MJSA’s efforts to enhance the opportunities that exist for jewelry makers and designers who use alternative materials for their creations,” says DeCristofaro. “Though MJSA remains firmly committed to the makers of fine jewelry and all of their information and networking needs, today’s jewelers are also exploring an array of non-precious metals and other high-tech components in their jewelry.

“I applaud MJSA’s work in enlarging its tent to include information and services for these members of our industry, which include our larger suppliers and retailers of fashion jewelry. The latter companies have a wealth of knowledge and success in using all materials for jewelry adornment, and they are welcome to MJSA’s networks, benefits, and ranks,” says DeCristofaro. 

For more information about MJSA’s benefits and services, e-mail, or call 1-800-444-MJSA (6572).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kiss Kiss from Chan Luu

By now we are all familiar with the "Chan Luu" bracelets - just about everyone from Celebrities to the girl next door wears them!  They are created in everyday styles - glittering metallics - natural gemstone and more...


Chan has partnered with Maiden Nation and Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Fund Initiative and worked with Haitian artisans to develop the “Kiss Kiss” collection. 

This bracelet collection is made with paper beads handcrafted by Haitian craftsmen using locally available materials.

Chan will donate 50% of all sales proceeds from this bracelet collection to Sean Penn’s J/p Haitian Relief Organization.

                                                Follow us @ilovechanluu 

International Pearl Design Contest - Winners Announced

The Cultured Pearl Association of America announces 
Winners of the 2012-2013 IPDC, International Pearl Design Contest

Ocean Lullaby
Francis Mastoloni, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winners of CPAA’S 2012-2013 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 13 countries we received” Mr. Mastoloni reported.
President’s Trophy: 

... the highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.

“Ocean Lullaby” 
Evelyn Huang of Los Angeles, California

Luster Award

Luster Award: 

...given to the entry that is judged “most marketable” of all the entries in the competition. This design will have the most overall appeal for the retail marketplace.

“Black Ice Fleurette Earrings” 
Mastoloni of New York, New York

Brilliance Award (photo above): 

...given to the entry that best illustrates the spectrum of pearl colors in the most beautiful way.

“Ocean Lullaby” 
Evelyn Huang of Los Angeles, California

Designer’s Award - Tie: 

... given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond.

“Bathing in the Moon”
Chi Huynh, Galatea: Jewelry by Artist of San Dimas, California

Jorge Adeler, 
Adeler Jewelers of Great Falls, Virginia

Orient Award - Tie: 

...the award given to the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.

“X Pearl” 
Geoffrey Middle 
Phetchaburi, Thailand

Mark Schneider 
Long Beach, California

The Visionary Award:

...the entry that re-defines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.

“Heart of the Moon” 
Anita Dickey 
Dallas, Texas

The Fashion Award:

Fun, fresh, modern. A design which looks as if it came straight from the Paris runway.

“Tahitian Nights” 
Maggie Davidson 
Edmonds, Washington

Wedding Day Pearls - Tie:

Brides and pearls are synonymous.  Create a “fantasy wedding” theme with pearls.

“Medusa Earrings” 
Katey Brunini, 
K. Brunini Jewels 
Solana Beach, California

Nuttapon Yongkiettakul of Bangkok, Thailand

Commendations were also given to 22 entries which demonstrated high standards of achievement, in accordance with the judging criteria. 

These can be viewed at Commendation winners
This 2012-2013 edition of the IPDC was truly International in scope. Entries from thirteen countries were received.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mark Nechita, GIA VP of Global Human Resources

GIA Appoints Mark Nechita as VP of Global Human Resources
Institute adds global human resources and operational expertise

Mark Nechita, GIA’s vice president of
Global Human Resources. © GIA.
In a move that reflects GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) commitment to operational excellence, the Institute has appointed Mark Nechita as vice president of Global Human Resources. Nechita, who has extensive international experience in various industries including medical diagnostics and devices, high-growth consumer products, mining and software, brings both human resources and operational expertise to GIA.

“I am pleased to welcome Mark Nechita to our outstanding HR team,” said Donna Baker, GIA’s president and CEO. “Mark’s diverse global experience will play an important role as GIA develops and improves to meet the needs of the global market while remaining focused on our mission of ensuring the public trust in3 gems and jewelry. We look forward to the wealth of knowledge and the enthusiasm Mark brings with him to GIA.”

Nechita joins GIA from DJO Global, an international medical device company based in Vista, CA.  His HR and operational background spans more than 25years and several other industries, including both public and privately-held companies. Adding to his international expertise, Nechita lived in Hong Kong while supporting businesses in the Asia-Pacific region and has established both regional offices and business support operations in India. Through his service on the board of directors for several charitable organizations and industry associations, he is familiar with the nonprofit sector.

Nechita began his tenure with GIA on Monday, Nov. 5 and takes over the role formerly held by Linda Scholl, who led the GIA’s human resources efforts for ten years that included the Institute’s significant global expansion.

For more information about GIA, visit the website at  

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit



The international community of The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) took an exciting leap under the visionary leadership of Gail Brett Levine, Executive Director, to repurpose their home on the Internet, into a world class "go-to" resource center to locate professional gemologist/appraisers.

The new access portal located at will assist the general public and professionals with an easy-to-use tool to find the perfect jewelry appraiser easily and quickly. "Although the web site has been redesigned, the most dedicated public relations and marketing push is to notify our public and peers, that is THE professional network and access portal for our industry", said Levine. Using traditional and non-traditional public relations channels, created a buzz around the November 2012 site launch but the most important tool is ease of access portals with smart phones, iPhone and iPad.

Smarter, faster and easier site access will assist consumers, as well as members, in finding the information on jewelry appraisers in different localities.  The mobile enhanced site will serve up instant information on NAJA members, jewelry appraiser’s specialty, location, and contact information, for laser quick communication.

"As a jewelry appraiser, you want to be able to have your prospective client not only find you on the Internet but also to find out as much information as possible to make the important, first contact, easy and painless." said Levine, "we also want to have peers in the industry able to locate their associates and friends at a moment’s notice."

To introduce the site enhancements NAJA is offering a free digital newsletter to the first ten visitors that give feedback on how the "Find an Appraiser" web visit assisted them in their jewelry appraiser web search.

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers is the largest membership association specializing exclusive in gem and jewelry appraising and related appraisal issues. NAJA offers education and networking opportunities with knowledgeable appraisal professionals.

For further information and interviews, please contact Gail Brett Levine, GG, Executive Director.
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, P. O. Box 18, Rego Park, NY 11374, 718.896.1536, f. 718.997.9057,, 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

#WordlessWednesday - Van Cleef & Arpels Exhibition in Paris!

If you have plans to be in Paris between now and February 10th,  here are a few highlights (in the spirit of Wordless Wednesday) and be sure to go to the bottom or this post for an opportunity to win tickets to the exhibition:

The Egyptian Bracelet - Close UP!

Egyptian creations, circa1924, Van Cleef & Arpels Collection:Jewelry inspired by the art of Ancient Egypt was at the height of fashion in the 1920's, which explains why Van Cleef & Arpels created numerous Egyptian-inspired jewels between 1922 and 1925. They reflect the extraordinary interest in the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Lord Carnarvon in 1922. 

These exceptional jewels are decorated with scenes of offerings and hieroglyphic motifs depicting scarabs, sphinxes, amphorae, bulls, ostrich feathers, lotus flowers and bees, in a reference to Ancient Egyptian iconography. They are set with precious buff-topped emeralds, sapphires, rubies, diamonds and calibrated onyx stones.
These unique Egyptian-inspired creations are highly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors. 

Win invitations (transportation to Paris not included) to see the Van Cleef & Arpels Egyptian creations, circa 1924 at the Paris exhibition:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

ZIM Civil Society Coalition on Panel for Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012

ZIM Civil Society Coalition reps to take part in panel discussion
at Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012, November 12-13, 2012

Members of Zimbabwe's Civil Society Coalition say they will attend the Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012 and aim to play an active role in discussions at the November 12-13 event at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Kimberley Process (KP) Civil Society Coalition representatives in Zimbabwe, Shamiso Mtisi and Tafadzwa Musarara, will debate the subject "Diamonds, Engine of Local Beneficiation" withGodwills Masimirembwa, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, and Abbey Chikane, KP Monitor for Zimbabwe, on the second day of the conference.

The first Pan-African gathering focusing on the potential of Zimbabwe as a global diamond-producer, has succeeded in attracting participants from some 20 countries. In addition to representatives from diamond trading centres such as New York, Antwerp, Ramat Gan, Mumbai and Hong Kong, a large group of visitors is expected from several neighbouring states as well as from other African diamond-producing countries.

One of the speakers at the conference, Mr. Richard Mvududu, Chairman of the Diamond Beneficiation Association of Zimbabwe, said: "We expect to have open and frank discussions with all participants at this high-profile event. Our common goal is to propel Zimbabwe's diamond mining sector forward and to assure that it is will be an engine that will advance the Zimbabwe economy, and bring prosperity for all the people of Zimbabwe."

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of Mines and Mining Development of Zimbabwe, Mr. Prince Mupazviriho, said: "It is encouraging to see that so many people actually want to engage in a conference about how to unlock Zimbabwe's diamond potential together. We look forward to lively debates which will deal with every subject of importance to our future diamond trading."

Monday, November 5, 2012


Results Indicate A Strong Market For Fine Jewelry In The Region

JCK Events' LUXURY Privé Panama held its inaugural show in the Latin American hot spot last month with a 3-day event.  The first ever high-end jewelry event in Latin America featured 50 exhibitors and welcomed retailers from 23 countries representing just over 380 stores from 75 leading retailers in the markets.  Held at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, Panama, the atmosphere was full of energy and optimism for the future of jewelry in Central and Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. 

Panama boasts oceanfront vistas
Amid the oceanfront vistas, the relaxed, yet upscale environment of LUXURY Privé Panama proved the perfect counterpart to the show's New York arm; where Privé New York draws elite U.S. based buyers during an opportune time in New York City, the Panama show is a convenience for Latin American buyers who need access to high-end brands now more than ever.  

"We are thrilled that JCK has brought such a high caliber show to our area," said Sheyla Assaf de Azuero from Andre Laurent Joyeros in Colombia. "Our customers are looking for new designers and we found many here that are the perfect match for us. We are extremely pleased to have made new connections and are looking forward to continuing the many discussions begun here." 

With a program of daily networking events designed to encourage new introductions and no shortage of upbeat, flavorful social events, the entire event was conducive to both connecting cultures and doing business. Beginning with a tropical-chic poolside welcome reception, the Show progressed with 3 days of "match-making" style networking events, in addition to the usual tradeshow business dealings, as well as daily afternoon snacks and champagne sponsored by Brilliant Insights and nightly cocktails. 

"Our goal with Panama was to provide an atmosphere of business match-making and networking; an opportunity to bring the best manufacturers and the leading retailers from the Latin, South & Central American markets to establish solid relationships in which to do business in an area of the world that is just on the cusp of extreme growth." says Yancy Weinrich from JCK Events.  

At Show's end, the success of the event and the excitement for future business dealings was evident from the glowing feedback of both retailers and exhibitors alike.

Fabrizio Cocchiano, of John Hardy commented, "We didn't come here to sell. We came here to make strong relationships from which sales will result. We met a lot of new retailers, many of whom we know we will have a long term relationship with. This show was a good stepping stone for future business and we look forward returning at next year's show." 

"Having already begun the expansion into Latin American several years ago, LUXURY Privé Panama was the perfect opportunity to further our outreach to new customers," shared Meyer Hoffman, COO of Mikimoto. "For us, to see existing customers as well as discover new contacts in South America, the Show has fulfilled our expectations."

Melva Grimaldo of Joyeria Muller in Costa Rica said "We were thrilled with the brands represented. Many will be of particular interest to our clients in the next 6-8 weeks as the Holiday season begins in earnest. At the end of the Show we met with 7 new brands in a relaxed and upscale environment that allowed us to spend quality time with each exhibitor to continue building relationships and begin new ones." 

Lourdes Ceballos of Daniel Ceballos Joyeros - Hermosillo, Mexico said "We are very excited to have a more private and personalized show, where vendors and buyers really get a feel of starting a long-term business relationship. We are looking to purchase high-end merchandise and for us it's important to take our time, to ask questions for the decision making. It's a small, yet inviting atmosphere that we found at Privé is what makes this kind of experience worthwhile. The social events throughout the show have made networking so easy and efficient, we are so happy to have made new friends and partnerships. LUXURY Privé is a small show with a big future!"

"LUXURY Privé Panama has been both a smart business opportunity and a wonderful, cultural experience for us," shared Fred Sage of Frederic Sage. "We feel extremely optimistic about the potential for business in this part of the world and were delighted by the open warmth and friendliness of the people we will be doing that business with. We felt we made life-long relationships here this week."

JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

-LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 28 – 30, 2013, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3 – Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel
-Swiss Watch: May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Mandarin Oriental
-JCK Las Vegas: May 31 – June 3, 2013 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
-LUXURY Privé New York: July 29 - July 31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel – Fifth Avenue
-LUXURY Privé Panama: October 21 – 23, 2013 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita

Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake

Say bon fete to fate; February 2013 welcomes the Year of the Snake. Keen and cunning, the Snake sheds its venomous reputation for a new skin – now a symbol of prosperity and an omen of good luck for the Chinese New Year. Tap into your sinister side with this seductive zodiac; Chinese astrology predicts the Serpent to be the most coveted motif for 2013.

Whether Aquarius or Sagittarius, commemorate the Chinese holiday with snake-inspired accessories. Satiate your desire for Serpent-adorned jewelry with luxurious gold-scaled cuffs complete with sumptuous diamonds and lavish gemstones including turquoise and ruby. A token of beauty and wisdom, Snake emblems coil into enticing rings, slither into dark dangling earrings, and suspend off draping pendant necklaces. Enchant your wardrobe with the most tempting trend for the New Year; Chinese horoscope destines the Serpent to make a hiss in the near future’s fashion.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

GIA's Donna Baker Awarded “Excellence in Service Award”

Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California Celebrates the 
68th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala at the Montage Resort in Beverly Hills

The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California celebrated the Club’s 68th annual dinner dance and gala at the extravagant Montage Resort in Beverly Hills on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The annual dinner dance honored president and CEO of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Donna Baker, with the prestigious “Excellence in Service Award.”

Frank Proctor, President of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and Principal and CEO of Luxury Brand Group, welcomed many jewelry industry leaders at the black tie dinner, co-sponsored by Stuller and the GIA. The evening included an alluring cocktail reception with many familiar faces who chatted and enjoyed the fabulous Saturday evening in Southern California. Proctor also had the honor to introduce and award 2012’s recipient of the esteemed “Excellence in Service Award”.

“This year’s recipient exemplifies the finest qualities of integrity, leadership and excellence, and serves as a role model for not only our entire industry, but other communities as well, locally and abroad”, says Frank Proctor. “We are proud and honored to add Donna to our distinguished list of recipients. Her touching acceptance speech was an inspiration to all of us in the jewelry industry.”

The 24 Karat Club of Southern California was formed in 1944 with the main goal of promoting ethical practices and furthering the honor and traditions of the jewelry industry. In 1998, the club created its Excellence in Service Award in commemoration of the club and its code of ethics.

Many prominent figures in the jewelry industry attended this lavish event – including Drop Dead Gorgeous jewelry designer, Erica Courtney, as well as Jewelers of America President and CEO Matt Runci, Kathryn Kimmel, GIA’s vice president and Chief Marketing Officer, GIA’s jet setting director of global business development, Craig Danforth, Peggy Jo Donahue, director of public affairs for Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, and American Gem Trade Association CEO Doug Hucker.

About Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California
The Jewelers 24 Karat Club was founded in 1944 to promote ethical practices and to further the honor and tradition of the jewelry industry. The club offers a variety of membership meetings, presentations and special events to its members throughout the year. For further information, please visit

2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners By Category

2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners By Category

Bridal Wear
Bridal Wear - 1st Place (left)
Robert Pelliccia, 
J.R. Dunn Jewelers 

Platinum ring featuring a 4.08 ct. pink Sapphire with half-moon Diamonds (.34 ctw.) and round Diamonds (.56ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place
Bella Campbell, 

18K white gold earrings featuring royal blue Moonstones (13.00 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.00 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place
Giraux Fine Jewelry, 
Giraux Fine Jewelry 

18K white gold "Rain Drop" earrings featuring pink Spinels (4.29 ctw.) and accented with heart, marquise and cushion shaped Diamonds (1.55 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear
Business/Day Wear - 1st Place
Gregore Morin, 
Gregore Joailliers 

18K white gold earrings featuring pink Opal (8.6 ctw.) Japanese plum blossoms accented with black and white Diamonds (.87 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place
Gregore Morin, 
Gregore Joailliers 

18K white gold and black ruthenium ring featuring an Opal accented with Diamonds (.09 ctw.) and spessartite Garnets (1.01 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place
Gregore Morin, 
Gregore Joailliers 

18K white gold "Lady leaf" earrings featuring Jade leaf drops (53 ctw.) accented with Opal (5.5 ctw.), white Diamonds (.36 ctw.) and black Diamond ladybugs (.45 ctw.) .


Classical - 1st Place
James Currens, 
J.W. Currens, Inc. 

Platinum "Lava" ring featuring a 12.99 ct. Ruby cabochon accented with marquis-cut Diamonds (1.47 ctw.) and Diamond melee (7.40 ctw.).

Classical - 2nd Place
Gigi Vivian Fitzmorris, 
The Gigi Collection 

18K yellow gold and black rhodium bug pin featuring black Tahitian cultured Pearl accented with paraiba Tourmalines (6.00 ctw.), Diamonds (6.00 ctw.), blue Sapphires (3.51 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.95 ctw.).

Classical - 3rd Place
Lilly Fitzgerald, 
Lilly Fitzgerald - Goldsmith 

22K yellow gold chain link necklace featuring suspended Labradorite cylinders.

Evening Wear

Evening Wear - 1st Place

Anil Maloo, 
Baggins, Inc. 

14K white gold earrings featuring 8.5mm Akoya Pearls, 9mm white South Sea Pearls, 10-11mm Tahitian Pearls and accented with Diamonds (2.42 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place
Parul Kuki Seth, 
Parulina (Zaq, Inc.) 

18K yellow gold "Two Finger Glam" ring featuring three Emerald cabochons (19.62 ctw.) accented with round Emeralds (9.54 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place
Frank Caballero, 
Frank Caballero 

18K white gold with black rhodium cocktail ring featuring a 47.28 ct. oval Peridot cabochon accented with Diamonds (3.26 ctw.).

Men's Wear

Men's Wear - 1st Place

Naomi Sarna, 
Naomi Sarna Designs 

Platinum cufflinks featuring baroque Pearls (21.06 ctw.) accented with multi-colored Sapphires.

Men's Wear - 2nd Place
Daniel Allen, 
C. Kirk Root Designs 

18K white gold ring featuring Alexandrites (1.45 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place
Mark Schneider, 
Somewhere In The Rainbow 

Palladium cufflinks featuring pink rough-cut Diamonds accented with a 1.94 ct. and a 2.13 ct. flower-cut color-change Garnet and white Diamonds (3.13 ctw.).

2013 AGTA Spectrum WJA Gem DIVA Award Winners


NEW Gem Diva Category

The Gem Diva™ awards, sponsored by WJA, will be presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear and Business/Day Wear categories.  All women who enter the Spectrum Awards competition will be eligible for this category simply by marking the check-box for Gem Diva on the entry form.

AGTA’s Douglas Hucker, CEO, referred to the new WJA - AGTA partnership saying, “It is an additional opportunity for us to provide more recognition to the amazing women in our industry designing with colored gemstones and pearls.” 

Bridal Wear – Gem Diva

Pamela Froman, 
Pamela Froman 

Fine Jewelry - Palladium "Ice Princess" cuff featuring rainbow Moonstones (15.0 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (3.01 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear – Gem Diva

Caroline Chartouni, 

Caroline C 

18K pink gold earrings featuring rose Quartz drops (56.37 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.99 ctw.).

Classical – Gem Diva

Dallas Prince, 
Dallas Prince Designs

14K rose gold "Twilight Blush" earrings featuring 2 cushion-cut Morganites (30.18 ctw.) accented with white Diamonds (.72 ctw.) and black Diamonds (1.6 ctw.).

Evening Wear – Gem Diva

Annie Fensterstock, 
Annie Fensterstock 

Blackened sterling silver and 22K yellow gold cuff featuring white and fancy-colored Diamonds (11.91 ctw.) and Sapphires (7.30 ctw.).

Lita Asscher -  sixth generation Asscher diamantaire and Designer at Royal Asscher Diamonds.
Phyllis and Ira Bergman -  Family owned Manufacturer, Mercury Ring.
Lorraine De Pasque - contributing writer for INSTORE/INDESIGN and freelance journalist.

WJA’s president, Tryna Kochanek, commented on the partnership with AGTA,  “The quality reputation of the Spectrum competition and the media exposure it receives will provide the talented women who enter the annual WJA Gem DIVA competition an opportunity for greater exposure, and the increased number of female designers who enter Spectrum will add an extra element of excitement to the overall competition.”

SOURCE:  Some photos and quotes are from Lorraine Pasque's amazing blog post about her experience as one of the Judges for 2013  please click through the below link for her first hand account.


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